[mythtv-users] Jarod's guide: Disabling screen saver and enabling autologin

Jeff jeff at intersystems.com
Sat Jul 17 22:58:49 EDT 2004

Friday, July 16, 2004, 2:46:04 PM, Jarod Wilson wrote:

> On Friday 16 July 2004 05:37, Jeff wrote:
>> I found two little problems with the otherwise
>> excellent instructions in Jarod's guide.
>> The line that reads
>>    echo "/usr/X11R6/bin/xset -dpms s off" >> /etc/rc.d/rc.local
>> should be split into two lines, one to turn off dpms and
>> one to turn off the screen saver.
>> I get an error back that says that my server doesn't support
>> the dpms extensions (perhaps this is an issue with my XF86Config
>> file) and as a result of the error, 's off' was ignored.

> Hrm. Works for me all on one line...

For whatever reason my system doesn't support dpms.
Your's obviously does hence, you don't get the error. I don't
see much point in researching why dpms isn't supported on my
system as I don't want it anyway.

I found my display was blanking while I was watching recordings
and when I checked, the timeout was set to 600 seconds. When
I issued the command without -dpms, it got set correctly to 0
seconds. Feel free to ignore this, but updating the guide might
make it work for more people.

>> I found that in order to enable autologin in addition to
>> enabling it in gdmsetup I also had to go to
>>   RedHat Control Center->System Administration->Login Manager
>> Press the AdministratorMode button and enter the root password.
>> Pick the Convenience tab and enable autologin for the mythtv
>> user.  I also enabled password-less login for this user, I'm not
>> sure if this was necessary or not.

> Is this Fedora Core 1 or 2? I haven't ever had to do any of that on FC1, and
> auto-login works for me just like I wrote it. Still haven't really dug my
> teeth into FC2 a whole lot. (Been focusing more on SuSE 9.1 Pro and RHEL3
> lately -- though not for Mythical purposes)...

This is FC1. A pretty vanilla install and then I followed your
instructions to get myth up and running.

Interestingly, or not, I found that when I commented the kde
lines out of the apt sources file I got dependency failures trying
to follow the rest of your guide. I re-enabled those lines and
everything whet fine after that. Perhaps something is different on
my system as a result.

>> Finally, your instructions for configuring mythfilldatabase only
>> give you a window of 2 hours. This may be something which you haven't
>> gotten around to fixing up yet but given the notes about the load on
>> zap2it, it might be worth increasing 7200 or referencing some
>> of the discussions on this topic.

> Haven't got around to it.

Fair enough, I just knew you were updating the guide so...

>> Given the implementation of the 
>> housekeeping thread (from the list) it doesn't seem like letting
>> myth schedule the update is the best solution.

> Yep. I believe work has been done in CVS to remedy this.

>> One solution:
>>    http://www.gossamer-threads.com/lists/mythtv/users/72785
>> but I would change days in the script so it only runs every
>> other day.

> Not something I'd suggest doing. Then you'd have the potential to miss an
> entire day's worth of last-minute programming changes. In addition to adding
> data onto the end of your existing guide data, mythfilldatabase re-checks the
> upcoming day's programming for changes.

Good point, tks.

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